Weekly Update 10/11

Wow! Thank you so much to all who volunteered/participated at our Move-a-Thon this year! It was so much fun. I had a blast running with students past and present, and definitely woke up sore on Friday morning! We are blessed to have this community.

This week, students are having lots of fun learning! In Math, we are focusing on multi-digit addition and subtraction. Here’s a photo of students using technology in the classroom (Front Row) to practice their math fluency skills. Please encourage your child to use Front Row at home, too!

Using Chromebooks in the classroom

In Social Studies, students are still learning all about our earth! They are studying time zones and climates! In Writing, students continue to gain skills in order to write personal narratives.  This week, we are focusing on writing hooks. We’ve had a lot of fun rewriting “boring” hooks to make them more exciting for our readers! In Religion, we are beginning a unit on The Ten Commandments.  Students are gaining skills each week in Coding. I encourage you to check out TechSmartKids to see what your coder has been up to!

As a class, students are still focusing on having self control, acting with integrity and being respectful to all. I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about what they can do to practice these values this week.

– Maya Angelou

Here is a list of upcoming events to keep in mind:

  1. Our Gala Kick-Off party is THIS Friday, October 13th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM. I hope to see you there! Cheers! 
  2. The Global Reading Challenge book are going to be here on Thursday! Yay! I am so glad to report that a very large majority of 4th Graders are participating this year. It’s going to be a blast!
  3. Its that time of year again… students are getting sick! Please help us all out by ensuring your child gets enough sleep, washes their hands, and stays home to recover if they become sick. Thanks!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you have a great rest of your week. Thank you for your continued support.

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 10/03

Yesterday, as the class was having morning meeting, one student suddenly realized it was October. And I mean he suddenly, loudly, innocently exclaimed in disbelief, “Wait, its OCTOBER?! Why didn’t anybody tell me?!? Are you SERIOUS?”

It was hilarious, and I can totally relate. I cannot believe it is already pumpkin-spice-Halloween-winter-coat-season! We have a lot going on this time of year, so I hope you’re ready for it!

On another note, in the wake of this week’s tragedy in Las Vegas, I just wanted to take the time to remind families that I truly care for each and every one of your children, and I am doing my best to instill love, compassion and bravery in each of them. These are all amazing kids and I hope a generation to help bring peace to our world.

 

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 9/27

Hello Families! Wow! Can you believe we are almost done with our 4th week of school? Time has just flown by. It has been great getting to know each of the students and bonding as a class! Each of my updates will include a little bit about what they are learning/doing in class, anything specific the class is focusing on, as well as reminders about upcoming events or activities!

This week, students are having lots of fun learning! In Math, we are focusing on our place value skills. Students also learned about the Properties of Addition. We even came up with an easy clue for each of them:

  • Commutative Property – “flip flop rule”
  • Associative Property – “the buddy rule”
  • Identity Property – “the me rule”

In Social Studies, students are learning all about our earth! They are studying maps, globes and how geographers study our earth! In Writing, students are learning how to write personal narratives. They are writing their narratives on a small moment in time, focusing on our recent field trip. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! In Religion, they are still studying the St. Francis Prayer.

As a class, students are focusing on having self control, acting with integrity and being respectful to all. I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about what they can do to practice these values this week.

Here is a list of upcoming events to keep in mind:

  1. Our Move-A-Thon is always a great time to help contribute to our school. Ask friends, family and neighbors to donate here. The Move-A-Thon is next Thursday, October 5th, but donations are being accepted until 10/27. We are so close to reaching our goal!
  2. No school on Friday, October 6th. Teacher inservice.
  3. Our Gala Kick-Off party is on Friday, October 13th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM. I hope to see you there! Cheers! 
  4. Commitment forms for the Global Reading Challenge are due on Monday. I HIGHLY encourage all students to participate. It’s so much fun and encourages reading, teamwork and a little friendly competition 😉
  5. Its that time of year that students are starting to get sick. Please help us all out by ensuring your child gets enough sleep, washes their hands, and stays home to recover if they become sick. Thanks!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you have a great rest of your week. Thank you for your continued support.

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

I have the best 4th Grade class!

 

Update 1/26

Happy Thursday, Fourth Grade Families!

I am excited to update you on all the things the students have been up to these last few weeks! With Catholic School’s Week approaching next week, we have been busy reflecting on our favorite things about SMS!

Students used a program called Tagul to create these images for Catholic School's Week! They had so much fun customizing the art.
Students used a program called Tagul to create these images for Catholic School’s Week! They had so much fun customizing the art.

 

In Math: We finished up the unit on Algebraic Expressions and Patters and moved on to Geometry! Students have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and are able to identify the number of faces, edges and vertices. Next up…(and one of my favorite Math chapters) angles!

In ELA: We are deep into idioms and figurative language. Its been such a blast using idioms we discovered from other languages. Check out our classroom for some stories containing the students’ favorite idioms!

In Religion: A lot of our religion focus these last few weeks have been on peace. We started with a read aloud of What Does Peace Feel Like? (See our classroom for what 4th Graders think peace feels/smells/looks like) We learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on our country and how his message of peace is a lesson we can apply today. We also ready multiple stories of peace  including The Peace Tree of Hiroshima  and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. We have also started reading about how we are all created in God’s image. God gave us souls with allow us to use our intellect and free will.

In Science: We are finishing our unit on Energy. Student have learned about Electrical, Light, Sound and Thermal Energy! There will be a short quiz next week, so students should study their Science Notebooks.

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PLEASE SEE TODAY’S THURSDAY PACKET FOR INFO ON CSW! Each day has a different theme and dress up day! Also, the school could really use volunteers for the pancake breakfast on Wednesday. If you’re interested in helping, please let me know! Thank you!

I hope this update finds you well. Thank you for you trust and continued support!

♥ Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 1/06

Hello 4th Grade Families!

I hope you all had a restful, memorable Christmas break! I had a great time relaxing in the Arizona and Florida sun, but was excited to come back to school to see so many smiling faces. I loved hearing stories of what students did over break with their friends and families.

Although it was a short week, students stayed focused and busy. In Math, they learned a new division strategy called “partial quotients.” Although many of you may have been unfamiliar with the strategy, I hope you learned a lot doing the parent partner math sheet for homework earlier in the week. We are wrapping up our division unit on Friday and will start Algebraic Patterns on Monday!

In ELA, students have been working on Figurative Language such as personification, metaphors, similes, hyperbole and more! Its so fun to see students recognize these expressions in other reading, too!

In Religion, 4th Grade has been focused on our January responsibility of leading Mass. Students have been busy writing saint reports, coordinating skits and practicing the readings. I hope you get a chance to attend Mass this month to see your child’s hard work!

 

Thank you for all the sweet gifts and cards given this Christmas season. It is greatly appreciated.

Kindly,

Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 12/02

Happy 1st Week of Advent, everyone!

We have had a very busy week! Thank you so much for all who attended St. Nick Night yesterday. It is always a great way to start off the Christmas season, and how cute were those 4th Graders?! I am so proud to be their teacher.

Here’s what we’ve been learning recently: 

In Math, we have moved on to the much awaited skill of long division!! It’s a tough chapter, but students started off with a generally positive attitude and will keep practicing their skills next week! The math homework next week will be a division packet.

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In Science, we have started a unit on Energy! We are using an interactive science notebook. Next week, students will get to explore circuits and electrical energy! I can’t wait!

In Religion, students have been reflecting on Advent and the Life of Jesus. We have also set up our Nativity Scene and our Advent candles in the window!

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Prayer table in our classroom.

We had a great time learning the basics of programming and algorithms during STEM time this week. I pulled some great resources from this website all about Computer Science Education Week, which starts on Dec 5th! We will definitely be participating! I have a great time learning new skills alongside the students.

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This week during STEM time, students were introduced to programming and algorithms. They had a great time writing algorithms for grid paper drawings!
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Students working together to interpret another group’s program.

Enjoy your weekend! I am flying off to Boise for a quick trip to visit friends. Looking forward to hearing about your child’s weekend as well.

♥Ms. DiGirolamo

Update 11/17

Hello Wonderful Parents!

Can I start by saying how thankful I am to be your child’s teacher?! It is so wonderful to watch these kids work hard, reflect deeply and learn together. It really does remind me why I chose to be a teacher in the first place.

LOOK at what students have been busy working on!

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They seem to be particularly enjoying the World Vegetation projects and showing their amazing Multi-Digit Multiplication skills!

Thanks for all your donations to this year’s Thanksgiving Boxes! The family receiving these items are very thankful.

I look forward to meeting with families next week for conferences. Please check your child’s Thursday folder for more information.

I am also excited to announce that we have a field trip planned for December! We will be traveling to the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle. The permission slips went home today and should be in your child’s binder. The cost of the field trip is still in the works as I am trying to schedule some additional labs and activities at the museum. More info on prices will be sent home later. Please consider driving and chaperoning on this field trip. Thank you!

Keep in mind that St. Nick Night is quickly approaching–Dec 1st! We need students in the church by 6:30 pm.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all soon!

Best,

Nicole

Mark Your Calendars!

November 11th: No school, Veterans Day observed

November 21st & 22nd : Half day of school for Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 24th & 25th: No school for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1st: St. Nick Night at 7pm in the Church

December 16th: noon dismissal for Christmas Break

December 19th – January 3rd: Christmas Break